No one in college knows I used to write my own quotes in a medium-sized beige notebook that has brown spine. But, people from my high school knew about it. [Edit: I began this in 4th year high school.] I even let some people read through it. I wrote on it everyday. I brought it to class, I write on it before starting school work at night, and I read some of it before going to bed. It was my outlet of everything emotional and mental. But, mostly I wanted it to be inspirational and hope-filled. 

I wrote quotes from writers and quotes from movies. You could say I got the idea from Jamie’s mom in “A Walk to Remember”, which is still my favorite love story. 🙂

Anyway, I found that notebook again today. I was actually looking for a quote one of my friends texted me before (yes, I rewrite even long text messages into that notebook even if took me some time). But, instead of finding what I was looking for, I found this. I actually put dates & times, too. And this one, I wrote on April 17, 2012. 00:02 AM 

Dear, old self. What were you thinking & feeling when you wrote this? Well, whatever it was, I’m thankful now that you did.

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A sudden burst of thought

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It’s not about how many friends you have, but what kind of friends they are. Not how many likes on your photos or posts, but why people like them. Not about how many people you talk to, but what you talk about. It’s not about the intensity of your popularity, but the reason why you are popular. Not about the perfect scores, but more on what your truly learned. Not about the facts and definitions you just memorized, but the knowledge that you have put to heart. Not about how long you have been together, but the center of your relationship–is it God? It’s not about the praises from other people, but the truth that God sees in your heart. Not just about what you say, but what you think while you’re saying it has equal weight. Not about your success, but always about your significance to others. “For what you do for yourself will benefit you, but what you do for others, leaves a mark that lasts forever and ripples through other people’s lives indefinitely.” So just make sure that whatever is taking up your heart or your mind right now is not just a temporary affair, a blink of shallow ideology. For even when your treasure is of the highest value, if it only lives until you die, then it has nothing, I reiterate, NOTHING, compared to what God has prepared for those who love Him, to the eternal happiness that can only be received by those who believe. ~

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We all want to matter. We all want to be important, too. Sometimes, we even do things in order to become important, especially to the people who are important to us. We want to meet their standards. We want to feel special and loved. Yes, we all just want to matter. ©HerCarefulThoughts

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